Take steps now to mitigate the risks of hurricane season
Every year brings a number of grim reminders as to just how powerful Mother Nature can be, and according to officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this year’s hurricane season will be no different.
Here are their predictions, as recounted in an NPR story by Jon Hamilton:
Unusually warm ocean temperatures and favorable wind patterns mean the Atlantic is likely to see “an active or extremely active” hurricane season this year, say officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The agency expects between seven and 11 hurricanes and as many as 20 named storms during the 2013 season, which runs from June 1 through November.
Besides the natural hazards, your organization has other crisis factors to consider. Obviously the specific risks vary depending on what type of organization you’re talking about, but can range from damage to goods stored outside, to disruptions of the supply chain, and the possibility of internet and phone service going down for an extended period. In order to minimize the impact of these circumstances, you absolutely must predict them in advance, and prepare as needed. Ensure not only that your organization is prepared, but that your employees are too – because they’re not going to return to work unless their own families are safe, first.
We can’t control Mother Nature, but by considering the possible risks, and putting crisis management protocol in place to nullify them wherever possible, we can reduce the danger she poses.
The BCM Blogging Team